Anti-cop website Techdirt flies same flag, as usual.
1) What you call a bad cop is likely a good cop with a bad set of circumstances. 2) Unless you have done the job or supported the job, your actual knowledge of how it works is insufficient to judge them. 3) Newark PD, to take a specific instance, should always be allowed to punch their non-compliant suspects. I live near Newark, worked in Newark, went to school in Newark. Newark PD is, if anything, too restrained with some of the walking crap that lives there. 4) If police don't deserve a union, that's fine. See who you can get to work that kind of job without protection from political interference and tell me how the crime rates are then.
It's nice that your world-view has sheltered many of you from what real urban life is. I'm happy that you have that. Please, though, don't apply your model to places like Newark, or NYC, or other large urban centers where you would be scared to live.
The bomb-sniffers will catch your explosive-laden devices. Having your cellphone on means the TSA can browse your phone's data. Turned off, they can't without powering it up and presumably bypassing your passcode.
AT&T had a choice: keep the local companies or keep long-distance. AT&T chose long-distance, because it was a revenue generating machine with no serious competition. I mean, who else is going to run caling from NYC to SF?
In retrospect AT&T chose poorly. The termination points are worth more than any transcontinental cabling or scheme, because you can ship all the bits you want between data centers, but it's the end users that pay the bills.
So, AT&T embarked on Project Angel, bought a cable provider (guess which one?), and did everythign they could to get back the last-mile. They failed miserably and ironically, were subsumed by one of their mutant offspring.
The last mile is critical infrastructure, I would argue, that should never be under the control of a company. We don't tolerate multiple electrical, gas, water, or sewer connections in our infrastructure, because it's rather silly. Why is data any different? I'll stop you right there -- it's not.
Municipal networks are the answer to this dilemma, and could work if you merely own the last mile, and allow *ANYONE* to offer transport or services to your citizens.
But... look at what the incumbents do to prevent it, and then relate that activity to Comcast.
It's always about the last mile. Keep that out of a company's hands, and let them compete on actual value.
Oh, you have press credentials? Great. You're still under arrest and oh, if you don't like how you've been arrested, we'd love your suggestions on how to improve. The job is stressful and we'll take humor where we can get it.
This is a highly hostile site for police. The lack of any insight into how police work actually happens often colors the articles. I can't really blame the authors if they don't know what police work really is, but in general, if you report the news, you should investigate all sides first.
If you're just writing editorials to make yourself look insightful, well, mission accomplished. Again.
99% of the cases filed are bullshit, so I'm not surprised they clear them that way. I just don't understand the desire to hamstring and cripple police work here. Officers aren't responding to filesharing emergencies, but real physical harm. The unreasonable expectation that they gently separate two combatants is ridiculous, but it seems that's the desire. When we get zero-point energy and force-fields, great, you can have that. Until then, arm officers with compliance-through-force and set the expectation that once an officer arrives on scene, compliance is not optional.
You know why the officer was "exhausted" trying to arrest this woman? Because he wasn't allowed to wrench those arms back, and cuff her behind her back properly. Asshole amateur cop watchers took away batons and PR-24s, the best tools for compliance and non-lethal adjustments.
Resist arrest, get a punch in the face. Don't like it? Don't resist. He was acting for the camera just like the asshole he was arresting. Make no mistake, police are there to ensure societal compliance. Your active resistance earns a greater response, so YOU calm the fuck down and you won't get a smack.
Contract for hire is whatever the hiring agent says it is.
"First of all, while things created by government employees is automatically public domain, works created by contractors is not.".
If I contract you to work for me, and all rights are assigned to me as "work for hire", you don't have copyright. I do. And if I release that source, then tough cookies. Sure, it's not automatic, but "works for hire" exists.
Zetia was tested in combination with Lipitor several years ago and it was the most efficacious combination possible then, as it likely is now. We at SP knew it was only a matter of time before we swapped out Zocor for Lipitor and combined them for a single-dose solution. Merck just took an SP play and ran with it -- not surprising since Merck's last good idea was buying SP.
This is not an ineffective drug. It might not be *novel* and I wouldn't dispute it, but if you read up on Zetia testing you'll find, publicly, that the Lipitor+Zetia combo was identified very early as the best pairing, and going off-patent was clearly going to result in this.
Maybe NYPD hasn't recovered a lot of guns, maybe the weed busts are incident, but the crime rate is way down over the same period. It's nice to think, in theory, all people are equal, but the reality is that they are stopping and frisking people that look like shitbirds. Don't wanna get stopped? Don't dress like a shitbird. The culture that owns that look needs to die. The end.
The funniest things I've ever personally witnessed are the interactions between my stupid cop father and the high IQ public he would pull over. For some reason my 100 IQ dad thought blocking a crosswalk or speeding through intersections near schools was a problem. How stupid he is! Ha ha!
Comments like scat's make me root for the baton, not the recipient.
The problem with recording law enforcement activities is that absent context, the viewer will likely come to the wrong conclusion. The *greater problem* however is that most people have no idea what it really takes to control the bad actors you see filmed.
You see a 5' 2" lady being maced and are outraged. You don't see the knife sticking out of another lady's chest off-camera. This is the missing context.
You see a police officer pushing a man to the ground and kneeling on his neck, roughly, and punching him in the face. You don't see the four minutes before that point, where the police officer's lawful commands are ignored, and the miscreant now on the ground had punched and kicked his way into a fight.
Viewers have no stomach for seeing the outcome of bad decisions. It would be fair to assume police officers would really just like a nice, easy day like anyone else. Being stabbed or shot, or hit by a car is zero fun, and that's essentially the daily existence for every street cop.
Comply with a police officer's direction, lawyer up without being a jerk, and let the process work. The police officer doesn't really care about your particular interpretation of the law, he or she just wants your stupidity off the street. Tell it to the judge.